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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Contact:
Stephen Bramwell, Director of WSU Extension Thurston County, 360-790-9308, or email bramwell@wsu.edu  

Pasture Management and Fencing Systems Field Day & Farm Dinner
Field day and dinner to take place on July 16, at Riverbend Ranch in Tenino from 5-8:30 p.m.

OLYMPIA – Farmers, ranchers, and interested citizens are invited to attend a free field day and farm dinner event on July 16, 2019 at Riverbend Ranch in Tenino, WA from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. This event will focus on grazing management for forage productivity and habitat, and include discussions on how grazed working lands can be integrated into Thurston County’s Habitat Conservation Plan for endangered prairie species. Dinner will be a hearty meal of pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread, and more! 

What: Pasture Management and Fencing Systems Field Day and Farm Dinner
When: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., dinner starting at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Riverbend Ranch, 2840 184th Ave SE, Tenino, WA 98589
Cost: Free, RSVP to Stephen Bramwell at bramwell@wsu.edu or 360-790-9308
At the co-hosed event, attendees will learn about the sustainability of rangeland and rotational grazing systems from Washington State University (WSU) range management specialists, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM), WSU Conservation Biology Lab, and the Thurston Conservation District (TCD). Attendees will also learn about butterfly populations in grazed and ungrazed lands, and opportunities to enhance the ecological value of working lands by seeding native species in pastures. 

Grazing lands can make meaningful contributions to habitat and species conservation while providing viable business opportunities for farmers and ranchers in south Puget Sound and Southwest Washington. Attendees will learn about opportunities to recognize these twin contributions of working lands and ways to sustain viable farms and ranches while improving habitat value at the same time. 

All county and regional citizens are encouraged to attend this free event, as aligning farming and conservation are critical to ensuring viable agriculture business opportunities, and that critical habitat and natural resources are managed sustainably into the future. 

Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Stephen Bramwell; 360-867-2161; bramwell@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3